Grant for Confederacy museum slashed (VA)

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The Museum and White House of the Confederacy, struggling financially for several years, got more bad news yesterday with the General Assembly's approval of a two-year state budget.

The museum would receive just $50,000 of a $700,000 grant the downtown institution had requested for fiscal 2006-08.

"We anticipated a one-time grant to help us temporarily sustain our operation and allow us to plan a more financially secure future," said Carlton P. Moffat Jr., chairman of the museum's board of trustees. "We are disappointed that the state chose not to grant the majority of our request."

The money was to have been used to reverse the museum's deficit, expected to reach $500,000 this year, and for planning.

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